- Last week, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly announced a 40% decline in illegal border crossings since January 20
- Juliette Kayyem: This decline gives the Trump administration an opportunity to laud the merits of tough immigration policy
- But it also undermines the need for a wall and is correlated with a sharp decline in tourism and legal migration, writes Kayyem
CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem is the author of the best-selling "Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home." She is a professor at Harvard's Kennedy School, a former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security in the Obama administration, host of the national security podcast The SCIF and founder of Kayyem Solutions, a security consulting firm. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.
(CNN)Last week's announcement by the Trump administration regarding a significant decline in the number of border crossings from Mexico presented an opportunity for the government to tout the benefits of tough immigration rules.